Dietary fibre is an essential nutrient required for the proper digestion of food. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Choosing foods with fibre not only helps you to feel fuller longer, it also aids digestion and prevents constipation.
Women should aim for a daily fibre intake of 28g to 38g, says nutritionist Catherine Saxelby. She suggests spreading it across the day and eating a wide variety of fibre-rich foods each mealtime so that you’re not trying to cram it all in one sitting.
Try to read and compare food labels and choose the product that has highest amount of fibre. You can opt to add a tin of chickpeas or red kidney beans to soups and casseroles, mince-meat dishes or salads to up the fibre intake.
Text: Bauer/ Good Health/ Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis